If you could use more living space, look to the attic. This untapped territory could be transformed into that extra guest room you’ve been longing for, or even a home office for your growing business. Plus, you can’t beat the great views. If you’re considering cleaning out the cobwebs and bringing your attic to life, check out these 12 photos to imagine just what it could become.
A cozy reading nook. If you’re lucky enough to have an attic equipped with great windows, it’s likely to have the best sunlight in the house. Install shelving for books, pull up some comfy chairs and catch up on your favorite reads.
A family room. If you have a more traditional home that consists of a formal living room, dining room and kitchen on the first floor, you may be longing for a casual family room. The attic may be the answer. Bring up comfortable furnishings and a television for movies, and say hello to lots of relaxing weekend afternoons.
The ultimate hangout pad. If you want to be the coolest house in the neighborhood, transform your attic into a rec room. Outfit it with games and sofas, and even a fridge for snacks.
A home office. If you work from home, you know how important your home office spaceis. You also know how quickly it seems to fill up with stuff, and how easily it is to be distracted by household goings-on. Fix this by turning your attic into the office. You’ll likely have more space, and the quiet of the top floor will help you concentrate.
A spot for the kids. Maybe they need an extra place to hang out on their own, use the computer or study. Whatever it is, a room in the attic will give them privacy and a sense of their own space.
A closet. There never seems to be enough closet space. Even if a closet in the attic isn’t necessarily right off your bedroom, it’s a perfect spot for keeping bulky off-season items like coats, sweaters and snow gear.
The great thing about turning your attic into a closet is it doesn’t necessarily require a big renovation. It’s unlikely guests will see it, so you can easily complete the transformation by simply installing a few rods and adding a chest of drawers.
The master bedroom. One of the most valuable qualities of an attic space is quiet. If you’re dying for a little peace and a good night’s sleep in an active household, move the master bedroom to the top floor. You’ll wake up every morning quite happy you made the move.
A guest room. It’s always helpful to have extra places for guests to sleep. Add a bed or two to the attic and you’ve created a comfy spot for visitors to turn in.
No problem when space is tight. If you have room for a bed, it can still be a guest room.
Storage. If nothing else, equip your attic with adequate storage. It will prevent the buildup of boxes and lost items, and create the perfect spot for holiday decorations, sports gear, and all that other excess stuff needs an organized home.